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Salt Water Disposal Well: A saltwater disposal well is where the water from oil and gas well production is discarded. Called "saltwater" euphemistically by industry, this fluid is settled, cleaned and returned through an injection well. It is an NDIC approved process to protect the land and water resources. Hydraulic fracturing of shale gas well sites produces millions of gallons of this "saltwater" (also known as "produced water").
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Borejaks making foothold in Bakken
By Louisa Barber
All day like clock work, drivers of the semi-tractor trailers loaded with salt water pull up to the Borejaks Energy Services site, hook on, pump off and pull out within a matter of minutes.
It's efficiency at its finest, something that manager Eric Benavides is working to perfect. It seems to be working; Borejaks records some of the fastest-offloading times at its saltwater disposal facility.
"Business is good. We have a great location here," Benavides said during an on-site visit in September, a month after it opened. "That means a lot in the business. All of my locations are off the highways." The site, located a few miles east of Alexander, N.D., on the way to Watford City, N.D., is the first of four planned Borejaks saltwater disposal sites that it wants to operate in the Williston Basin by the end of the year in North Dakota, with more to come, expectedly, in Montana sometime next year.
Step inside the open 24/7 office building, and it's noticeably different from others. Reminiscent of a truck stop, the lobby is stocked with snacks and drinks that go well with a flat screen TV for entertainment while drivers wait to offload the disposable resource. "It's just what I've decided to do," Benavides said. "It's not cheap, but it's worth it."
There's something else that separates Borejaks' site from others: technology. Without giving too much away, Borejaks relies on an automated system to unload saltwater from tractor-trailers.
Here's how the process works:
After drivers pull up alongside the building, Borejaks employees check to ensure the saltwater doesn't contain any sand or other coarse material. If it doesn't, the driver hooks the tanks up to the facility and steps inside to log onto a touch-screen computer that's tied to the North Dakota Industrial Commission system. Drivers log in and enter well information and other details. Then pumping begins, and drivers only wait until it finishes. From start to finish, it takes only a matter of minutes.
"I went through great lengths to get the process faster," Benavides said. "A regular 100-barrel truck can probably get in and out of here in 15 minutes or less from the time they connect to the time they leave."
Word is spreading about the site as drivers seem to favor the new way to conduct business. It was only Powerfuels driver Mark Panteleone's second time using Borejaks' site during the Herald's visit, but it was nonetheless becoming his favorite spot. "It's certainly a lot nicer," he said after logging into the computer system, "once you get used to it."
First-time users are given a step-by-step tutorial by staff, and by the time they return, they know exactly what to do.
That's not all
Aside from technology, Borejaks, a company just a year and a half old, has joined forces with Atlas Resource Partners, an injection well service business. The two companies share the site. Trucks that have more than just saltwater are directed to offload the tanks at Atlas across the lot. The sand mud is removed, then dried and taken to a landfill. "That's pretty unique with us right now," Benavides said. No matter what, trucks leave the site empty.
Benavides, a Texas native, has only been in the oil business for two years. He traveled to the Williston Basin to see about entrepreneurial opportunities; his background is in development and home realty. After meeting business people and conducting plenty of research about the oil production process, Benavides found a way to make money.
"I consider myself a guest here," he said, citing a business philosophy that ensures his employees conduct operations with integrity. "We're really trying to be a good neighbor first and foremost, employing people that want to be part of something."
With three more locations on the way and a growing reputation as a quality, customer service-based business, Borejaks looks to be on the up and up with the oil service industry. "We're not here to just buy their vote, if you will," Benavides said. "We have a good service."